Props from The Abduction from the Seraglio To Know About

The Abduction from the Seraglio (2017); Photo: Craig T. Mathew

The Abduction from the Seraglio (2017); Photo: Craig T. Mathew

Set in the 1920s aboard the Orient Express, The Abduction from the Seraglio features some interesting props to look out for when seeing the show.

A victrola used in The Abduction from the Seraglio (2017)

A victrola used in The Abduction from the Seraglio (2017)

Here’s a list of our top three favorites – see if you spot them while watching The Abduction from the Seraglio.


The Seductive Victrola

Victrolas were all the rage in the Roaring Twenties. They were used to play music by the popular artists of the day, such as Fats Waller, King Oliver and Bessie Smith.

In The Abduction from the Seraglio, this Victrola is used by Pasha Selim to seduce Konstanze with music and get her to fall in love with him.

The Ladder to Freedom

A ladder used in The Abduction from the Seraglio (2017)

A ladder used in The Abduction from the Seraglio (2017)

The Abduction from the Seraglio is the story of Belmonte and Pedrillo saving their loves – Konstanze and Blonde – from Pasha Selim’s seraglio (or “harem”), which in this production is a private car on the Orient Express. What do you use when you need to do that? We won’t give the ending away – but the ladder made of napkins and table cloths may have something to with it. You’ll have to see the show to find out how successful they are.

FINAL_Brenton Ukulele

Brenton Ryan as Pedrillo holding a ukulele in The Abduction from the Seraglio (2017)

The Sneaky Ukulele

When Belmonte arrives on the Orient Express, he brings his trusty ukulele with him. But Osmin, the Pasha’s overseer, shoves it out the window when he boots Belmonte from the Pasha’s private car. Later, Pedrillo recovers the ukulele and uses it to lull the Pasha’s guards to sleep. Who knew a ukulele could be so mesmerizing?

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It’s a Props World After All

From cars to animals, props are part of a production’s core. Whether they have been sourced for a new production or arrive as part of a production that’s rented from another opera company, props all have stories behind them. Working with props involves researching about new worlds and eras to help tell the story. This can often lead a props coordinator or production assistant on a scavenger hunt through several antique shops, online auctions, or even to the nearest seaport.

To learn more about and purchase tickets to The Abduction from the Seraglio, click here. There are only two performances left.


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